The Philadelphia Doll Museum

The Philadelphia Doll Museum was established in 1988 as an educational and cultural resource institution, dedicated to preserve doll history and culture by presenting the art of doll making and collecting through seminars and lectures.The Philadelphia Doll Museum, located on the 2200 block of North Broad Street, has over 300 black dolls in its collection. The Museum provides a resource library of information and documentation which highlights the story of how black people have been perceived throughout world history. The collection includes African, Europeans, American Folk Art dolls, the renowned Roberta Bell Doll Collection, American and internationally manufactured dolls and more. Under the direction of Barbara Whiteman, the museum is the only known museum in the nation that emphasizes the collection and preservation of black dolls as artifacts of history and culture.